Doctor creates 'healthy' wine22nd December 2008
An Australian doctor who has written eight books about wine claims to have produced the most heart-healthy wine in the world.
Each bottle contains elevated levels of a tasteless, odourless molecule called resveratrol.
Resveratrol is present in normal wine at between 3 and 6 milligrams per litre in red wine, and 1 milligram per litre in white wine.
A naturally occurring antioxidant, it maintains blood flow from the heart by cleaning arteries of atherosclerotic plaque.
Drinking Philip Norrie's wine will reduce the risk of heart attack by cleaning veins and arteries, he claims.
Norrie said his wine is like a vascular pipe-cleaner, and that resveratrol is entirely neutral in taste, bouquet and colour.
He said that one bottle of his wine contains up to 100 times more resveratrol than most white wine, and up to 20 times as much as most red wine.
Norrie said that while the positive effects of moderate wine consumption have long been documented, the inclusion of such large quantities of this beneficial antioxidant is very good news for wine drinkers.
He is currently talking to some of the largest Australian wineries, who may end up using his methods in their winemaking.
He said that drinking two glasses of wine a day is a realistic and enjoyable habit that he has made even healthier.
He stresses that the benefits of drinking the new wine can only be realised by drinking moderately.
David Colquhoun, University of Queensland cardiologist, said that resveratrol is well known for its beneficial effect upon heart health.
He said studies strongly suggest that the consumption of wine rich in resveratrol can reduce the chances of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke.
Norrie has also studied the history of wine. He says that wine has long been associated with medicine.
The GP has a winery on his estate in New South Wales where he produces his own varieties.
Each bottle of all of his wines contains 100 milligrams per litre of resveratrol.
In addition to helping clean the heart of fatty deposits, resveratrol is also said to lower blood sugar, to ward off cancers, and to have anti-inflammatory effects.
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